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Story of God, the Story of Us, The: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible [Paperback]

Sean Gladding
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Oct. 6 2010
"The ever present ache of exile rises above the comforting sounds of the river, as the image of the house of the LORD in ruins breaks the peace. . . . Despite the warmth of the fire, he feels a chill. He wraps his cloak around him and looks into the eager faces of his people, then closes his eyes. 'Picture this scene . . .'"

Before the Bible was a book, it was flesh and blood.

In this book, you can travel with Sean Gladding between the lines of the Scriptures to listen in on the conversations of people wrestling with the Story of God for the first time. Whether sitting around a campfire in Babylon, reclining at table in Asia Minor or huddled together by candlelight in Rome, you'll encounter a tale that is at once familiar and surprising.

can be read alone but is especially rich shared with a group. Sean Gladding presents an account of the Bible that pays attention to its audience as well as its message. He introduces you to people who may remind you of yourself or your family, friends and coworkers. As much as the Bible is a story about God, it's also a story about you--and all of us--as we encounter God in a new way.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Few resources will more creatively and engagingly draw readers into the heart of Scripture. This book's capacity to be compelling for a wide ranger of reader without sacrificing it's depth is a real gift. It is clearly a book that has been crafted with care and experience and many years. We have read it together as a community, utilized it in our discipleship course and would do so again on both counts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Ourselves in the Story. Oct. 12 2010
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Most of the bible studies I have experienced over the years have dealt with the bible verse by verse, sometimes even word by word, examining the text of the original language and its application. This approach can feel like examining a large canvas by using a microscope to view individual brush strokes. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the detail that we completely miss the whole picture. This can lead to us missing the point of the text.

This book helps us step back from the canvas and see the bigger picture, to see 'The Story of God' unfolding and find our place in that narrative.

Appropriately for a book about the Great Story, this book itself is in narrative form.

We begin sitting with the Captives in Babylon, hearing with them their oral history, how it led to their Captivity and the hope that it will not end there.

We then move forward in time to a gathering of believers where a newcomer enters and hears the continuation of the Story in the life of Jesus.

In the final movement our newcomer has become a believer and begins to relate the story of Revelation.

The book helped me see the through-narrative of the bible. It helped connect the many different 'stories' of scripture together and show their place in the great story. I found the first section in Babylon particularly helpful in this regard.

The bible is a big 'book of books', and 'The Story of God, the Story of Us' helped me see the full story and encouraged me to find my own unique place in it.

This is a book to be read, studied and lived.

My only criticism would be in the use of punctuation. The book frequently has characters quoting scripture in their speech. This leads to some interesting strings of double and single quotes at the end of some sentences. While it might be grammatically correct, I was distracted by some of the punctuation while reading. I found myself going back and analyzing certain passages to work out what quote went with what. This is a minor point however and was only an occasional distraction from getting 'lost and found' in the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Nov. 3 2010
By A. Morgan - Published on
People, even long time Christians, can often find the Bible intimidating to tackle. It's remarkable how many first year seminarians have not actually read the Bible from cover to cover. Of course scripture is inexhaustible with regards to God's truth and it's ability to teach and feed us. But probably the chief reason why we should read the scriptures from cover to cover is to gain an `overview' of the biblical narrative - to understand THE grand narrative if you like.

Sean Gladding has produced a remarkable book. Extremely well written, innovative, creative and yet faithful to the theology and structure of scripture, The Story of God, The Story Of Us reads like a novel, and yet it provides the reader with one of the very best `overviews' of the story of God that I have ever read. The beauty of this book is that it is both at the same time entertaining and a potentially valuable teaching tool.

Regardless of whether you have a P'hD, or a degree in theology or no formal training in the Bible; whether you are a pastor or have been a Christian for a long time or you are just starting your journey of faith this book will be a refreshing, exciting, beneficial and enjoyable read.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a magnificent telling of a magnificent story April 26 2011
By Timothy E. Beck - Published on
the Story of God, the Story of Us is really a magnificent telling of a magnificent story. it's storytelling at its best. plain and simple. Sean Gladding has taken the meta-narrative found in the Scriptures and has written that story within the context and probability of how that story was once told, shared and remembered.
the imagery found in this book really is compelling. the Old Testament stories, the stories of God's chosen, the Israelites, their plight, their exodus, their worship and their wandering, told by an old man sitting 'round the campfire was a beautiful image. i connected with this old man reminding the people how and why God has been with them - even while in Exile. in my life, i've generally been drawn to the New Testament stories of Jesus and the church. Gladding helped me connect the dots of the Old Testament. for that, i am grateful.

the NT stories of Jesus are just as compelling. Gladding is a great storyteller. while reading, it was easy to insert myself into the story.

even though it took me months to read, this book was easy on the eyes. i took my time with it... casually reading here and there. every time i picked it up, i was drawn in.

if you want a new, fresh perspective of the story of the Bible - read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read March 11 2011
By DM - Published on
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Very well written book. It's a very interesting look on the story of God from a narrative point of view. I found this book to be very refreshing. I really like the way it tied everything together so that the reader can see the "big picture". I'd recommend this book to readers of every level of the faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sean tells the story, again. Jan. 22 2013
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Knowing where this book was born only adds to the brilliant depiction of the wide view story of God's work with us on Earth. For anyone who knows this story, is interested in this story, interested in God, curious about Christianity outside of pop-culture preachers and a confusing history of the church, this our story.
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